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Deciduous Shrubs

PLANT USE KEY

C = Christmas Tree

E= Erosion Control

F = Human Food

H = Habitat/Food Wildlife

N = Native

T = Timber/Wood

 


 

Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

Conservation practices: H

Soil: Well drained, moist

Growth rate: Medium

Sun: Full to partial

Description: A multi- stemmed, upright shrub, that typically grows to 8-12’.  Light purple/pink clusters of flowers appear in late spring.

Fact Sheet

USDA Plant Guide

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Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

Conservation Practices: H, N, E

Soil: Wide Tolerance

Growth Rate: Medium

Sun: Full to partial

Description: Forms a large erect shrub, maturing to 5-10′. Grows well in poor soils and tough conditions, including stream banks. Creates a natural screen and provides erosion control. Great for wildlife.

Fact Sheet

USDA Plant Guide

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Redosier Dogwood (Cornus stolinifera)

Conservation practices: H, N, E

Soil: Wide tolerance

Growth rate: Fast

Sun: Full to partial

Description: Forms a small to medium sized multi-stemmed shrub. It has a red stem and white clustering that mature in late summer-fall. It grows best in wet or swampy conditions. It is also a great structure for holding soil on slopped areas.

Fact Sheet

USDA Plant Guide

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Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

Conservation Practices: H, N

Soil: Moist

Growth Rate: Fast

Sun: Partial

Description:  A small to medium sized, multi-stemmed, suckering shrub up to 10’ tall. Small white flower clusters appear in late spring/early summer and berry like white/purplish drupe fruit matures in late summer. Silky Dogwood is a favorite for attracting birds.

Fact Sheet

USDA Plant Guide

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Spice Bush (Lindera benzoin)

Conservation Practices: H

Soil: Well drained, Moist

Growth Rate: Slow to medium

Sun: Full to partial

Description: A large (8-12’) shrub with several stems, usually rounded in shape. Leaves have a strong spicy odor when crushed. Numerous small yellow flower clusters appear before the leaves in early spring, and bright red drupe when ripe (green before ripening) with a peppery taste and scent, maturing in fall.

Fact Sheet

USDA Plant Guide

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Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Conservation practices: H

Soil: Moist to wide tolerance

Growth rate: Slow-Medium

Sun: Full to partial

Description: Forms a dense (12-15) shrub with arching multi-stemmed branches. Woody, brown capsule fruit mature in late summer and bright yellow flowers emerge mid to late fall.

Fact Sheet

USDA Plant Guide

 


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